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HTC WildFire S vs Wildfire – Top 5 Things that make Wildfire S Better


The Wildfire was a great little phone, though many felt that HTC could have made more of it – particularly as it was always bound to draw comparisons to the excellent HTC Desire. So with the new improved Wildfire S out, we look to see what changes HTC has made to the original diminutive Wildfire.


HTC Wildfire S VS HTC Wildfire
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 2G GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
HSPA 900 / 2100 3G HSPA 900 / 2100
Announced – February, 2011 Exp Release Date – Q2, 2011 Availability Released – May, 2010
Rs. 14,000 – Rs. 15,000 (India) Price Rs. 13,000 – Rs. 14,000 (India)
Design & Dimensions
Bar (Touchscreen) Form Factor Bar (Touchscreen)
101.3 mm Height 106.8 mm
59.4 mm Wide 60.4 mm
12.4 mm Depth 12 mm
105 g Weight 118 g
Black, Silver, Brown Available in Colors Black, Brown
TFT Capacitive Touchscreen Type TFT Capacitive Touchscreen
3.2 inches Size 3.2 inches
320 x 480 Resolution (pixels) 240 x 320
256 K Colors 16 Millions
– HTC Sense v3.0 UI – Touch-sensitive controls – Ambient light sensor – Proximity Sensor for Auto Turn-off – Accelerometer Sensor for UI Auto-rotate Features – HTC Sense UI – Turn-to-mute and lift-to-dim-out a call – Proximity Sensor for Auto Turn-off – Accelerometer Sensor for UI Auto-rotate
5.0 Mega Pixel 5.0
2592 x 1944 Resolution (pixels) 2592 x 1944
– LED Flash – Auto Focus and Touch focus – Face Detection – Image stabiliser – Geo-tagging Features – Auto Focus – LED Flash – Geo-tagging
720 x 480 @ 24 fps Video Recording Yes
No Secondary Camera no
Internal Storage
512 MB RAM 384 MB
512 MB ROM 512 MB
microSD, up to 32 GB External Storage microSD, up to 32 GB
Li-Ion Type Li-Ion
1230 Power (mAh) 1300
2G – 360 hours / 3G – 570 hours Stand-by Time (Max.) 2G – 480 hours / 3G – 690 hours
2G – 07 hr 10 mins / 3G – 05 hr 50 mins Talk-time (Max.) 2G – 07 hr 20 mins / 3G – 08 hr 10 mins
Up to 114 kbps download speed GPRS Class 10
Up to 560 kbps download speed EDGE Class 10
HSDPA 7.2 Mbps, HSUPA 384 kbps 3G HSDPA 7.2 Mbps (Downlink Speed)
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n WLAN / Wi-fi Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
with A-GPS Support GPS with A-GPS Support
v3.0 with A2DP Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP
MicroUSB v2.0 USB MicroUSB v2.0
Yes Audio Playback Yes
Yes Video Plaback Yes
Yes FM Radio Yes
3.5 mm AV / Headphone Jack 3.5 mm
More Features
Android OS V2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System (OS) Android OS V2.1 (Eclair)
ARM 11 600 MHz Processor ARM 11 528 MHz
SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM, RSS Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM


One of the biggest problems with the original was the poor screen resolution. The Wildfire had a pretty awful 240×320 resolution that meant the phone left a lot to be desired visually. The Wildfire S improves on this with a 320×480 resolution on its 3.2” screen. Though this is not quite as high as the standard resolution of top end phones, the small screen of the Wildfire S works in its favour and looks crisp and clean at 320×480 – a big improvement on the original.


HTC have also given the new Wildfire S a new brain. The Wildfire S is loaded with a 600MHz processor, meaning it is up on the original’s 528MHz chip. It also comes with more RAM – 512MB as opposed the 324MB of the original. This all comes together to make the new Wildfire S a faster, smoother phone. But it seems still no Adobe Flash support.


The new Wildfire S drops the optical trackpad that came in the middle of the original, just like the Desire S dropped the trackpad of the Desire. It’s also slightly thinner, shorter and more compact than the original Wildfire. The biggest difference here is in height, where the omission of the trackpad has allowed it to drop 5mm to reach just over 101mm. Overall, though, the device is quite true to its roots and were it not for the missing trackpad it would take more than a cursory examination to tell it from the original.


Along with those trimmed down dimensions, the Wildfire S has a nicely trimmed down weight – 13g lighter than the original, in fact. The new Wildfire S weighs in at 105g compared to the Wildfire’s 118g. This is a definite improvement on the already thoroughly pocket-friendly original, and means that the Wildfire S is really surprisingly light for a metal-bodied phone.

Operating System

The new Wildfire also gets the excellent Android 2.3, a jump of two generations of Android on the original, which shipped with Android 2.1 Eclair. Of course, it also features HTC’s much acclaimed Sense UI, though sadly its processor isn’t quite up to running the latest version (Sense 3.0) which will ship with HTC’s flagship-phone – the Sensation.

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Overall Summary
We’d say that the Wildfire S is a good improvement on the first Wildfire. In the end it’s a tweaked and upgraded version of the Wildfire rather than anything revolutionary, but it’s a decent offering from HTC and a fine choice for anyone looking for a mid-range Android handset.

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